Defra’s announcement just before Christmas ended speculation on the future of the WEEE Distributor Take-back Scheme (DTS). For the moment, it’s business as usual, but the relative lull gives local authorities the space to reflect on future plans and the potential implications of the government decision to exclude large retailers from the scheme in 2021.
The UK Plastics Pact is a trailblazing, collaborative initiative creating a circular economy for plastics in the UK.
From the state of the nation’s bring sites, it appears that the UK had a VERY merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year! With alcohol sales up 150% over the festive period, it’s no surprise that an estimated 13,350 tonnes of glass is recycled during December and January.
It’s a month since my last piece, which was written before the general election. The outcome of that was obviously determined by policy areas other than waste. But we do now know the direction of travel for waste policy in England.
Back in November, LARAC scholars and alumni were invited for an exclusive preview of the UK’s first compressor recycling facility at Environcom Ltd’s recycling plant in Grantham. As well as seeing the new machinery first-hand, the scholars were also given a full tour of both the recycling and reuse areas of the Environcom plant. This was followed by a roundtable discussion, exploring how Local Authorities can influence greater reuse of unwanted electrical and electronic equipment (EEE).